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Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer

Sitter associated with 349 portraits
Artist associated with 1079 portraits
Cecil Beaton was one of the leading British photographers of the twentieth century. Beaton's early studio portraits of debutantes and celebrities often involved elaborate theatrical backdrops, and helped define the image of the 'Bright young thing'. Beaton was also an acclaimed designer for film and the stage, including My Fair Lady (1956), the musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion. He won three Oscars for costume and art direction for the film version of My Fair Lady (1965) and for Gigi (1958). A major retrospective of Beaton's portraits in 1968 was the first exhibition the National Portrait Gallery had devoted to a photographer.

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P219

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1927
NPG P219

6438

Cecil Beaton

by Anthony Wysard
pencil, ink and wash on board, 1930
NPG 6438

5306

Cecil Beaton

by Pavel Tchelitchew
gouache, 1934
NPG 5306

6137

Cecil Beaton

by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
pencil, chalk and wash, 1943
NPG 6137

P1294

Cecil Beaton

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG P1294

P512(2)

Cecil Beaton

by Lewis Morley
bromide print, 1960
NPG P512(2)

P150(5)

Cecil Beaton

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(5)

x40653

Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, 1906
NPG x40653

x126125

Reginald Beaton; Cecil Beaton; Etty Beaton

by Lallie Charles (née Charlotte Elizabeth Martin)
photogravure reproduction, 1908
NPG x126125

x40654

Cecil Beaton with his nanny Alice ('Ninnie') Collard

by Unknown photographer
vintage bromide print, circa 1908
NPG x40654

x40410

Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1910s
NPG x40410

x30310

Cecil Beaton

by Grigg
bromide print on tissue and card mount, circa 1920
NPG x30310

x30313

Cecil Beaton

by Hay Wrightson
sepia-toned bromide print on card and tissue mount, 1920s
NPG x30313

x30312

Cecil Beaton

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print on cream-toned paper, 1920s
NPG x30312

x30322

Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30322

x30323

Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30323

x30324

Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30324

x30325

Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30325

x30326

Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30326

x30327

Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30327

x30328

Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30328

x30329

Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30329

x30330

Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30330

x40412

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print mounted on cream and black card, early 1920s
NPG x40412

x126367

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on card mount, 1920s
NPG x126367

x40668

Cecil Beaton

probably by Cecil Beaton
sepia-toned bromide print, 1922
NPG x40668

x40669

Cecil Beaton

probably by Cecil Beaton
sepia-toned bromide print, 1922
NPG x40669

x40670

Cecil Beaton

probably by Cecil Beaton
sepia-toned bromide print, 1922
NPG x40670

x40671

Cecil Beaton

probably by Cecil Beaton
sepia-toned bromide print, 1922
NPG x40671

x40411

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1922
NPG x40411

x30309

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on three tinted card mounts, circa 1924
NPG x30309

x30311

Cecil Beaton

by Marian Lewis
matte bromide print on tissue and card mount, circa 1924
NPG x30311

x127868

Cecil Beaton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1925
NPG x127868

x127869

Cecil Beaton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1925
NPG x127869

x127870

Cecil Beaton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1925
NPG x127870

x36720

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36720

x36714

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36714

x36715

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36715

x36718

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36718

x36724

Cecil Beaton

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36724